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Unless Governor Reeves vetoes it, Mississippi state elected officials could see pay raise after next election

By: Frank Corder - April 5, 2022

Top pay scale for certain appointed positions in state government could be lowered by 25%.

It may seem counterintuitive, but the Republican legislative supermajority has agreed to dole out pay raises to Mississippi’s state elected officials following the next statewide election.

If signed by Governor Tate Reeves, or if he simply allows it to become law without his signature, HB 1426 will raise the pay for the following state officials as of January 1, 2024:

  • Governor – $122,160 to $160,000 – an increase of $37,840
  • Lt. Governor – $60,000 to $85,000 – an increase of $25,000
  • Speaker of the House – $60,000 to $85,000 – an increase of $25,000
  • Attorney General – $108,960 to $150,000 – an increase of $41,040
  • Secretary of State – $90,000 to $120,000 – an increase of $30,000
  • Insurance Commissioner – $90,000 to $150,000 – an increase of $60,000
  • Agriculture Commissioner – $90,000 to $120,000 – an increase of $30,000
  • State Treasurer – $90,000 to $120,000 – an increase of $30,000
  • State Auditor – $90,000 to $150,000 – an increase of $60,000
  • Public Service Commissioners – $78,000 to $95,000 – an increase of $17,000
  • Transportation Commissioners – $78,000 to $95,000 – an increase of $17,000

In total, that is an annual increase in pay for these officials of nearly $370,000.

The bill also reduces the cap on the salary for certain state appointed officials, lowering it from 150% of the salary of the Governor to 125%.

Those appointed officials specifically include:

  • Executive directors of any agency of the state in the executive branch of government, including the Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority.
  • Governor’s Chief of Staff

Earlier in the session, the Senate offered up a pay raise for legislators, but that proposal died in the House.

The state official pay changes above were approved by a vote of 46-2 in the Senate and 84-20 in the House.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: